Some sites can be quite ruined and still manage to be massively beautiful. This rather sad little tomb occupies the highest point on a spur of Saddle Hill. Just four stones of the gallery protrude from the grass: two sides, the rear and one inner wall. The gallery is aligned east-west and faces west. These stones are limestone.
Behind it is a single limestone rock which may be part of an inner kerb. Outside of that is an arc of red stones forming part of an outer kerb. These red stones were taken from one of the most beautiful natural features I have ever seen anywhere! Just 30m south of the tomb is an area of very eroded sandstone, which looks like lots of very miniature Grand Canyons.
The views to the north are wonderful. Across the valley I was taunted by the mountain upon which Shasgar stands - the site I had wanted to go to today, but didn't reach - and beyond that Lough Melvin.
To add to the splendour of of this site there are several alignments that need checking out. Foremost of these is the one to the west. Looking along the valley King's Mountain and the Crochauns form a deep V-shaped notch into which the Equinox sun may set. If this does happen it will be a spectacular sight to behold!
In wedge tombs and court tombs the burial compartment is known as a gallery and collectively wedge and court tombs are called classified as 'gallery graves'. This is because the inner area is long and narrow, i.e. bascially rectangular, in plan.
In court tombs the gallery is usually divided into two or more chambers by jambs. Wedge tombs are segmented by sill stones, as are a few court tombs.
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This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.
Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.
Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.
The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.
UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.
ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.